Lanteira

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Lanteira has been nicknamed The Silver City because of the large amounts of silver that has always existed in the area. It is a small town that maintains its traditional customs. It is also a great place for excursions – from here you can go on walks and hikes into the beautiful surrounding areas, some of which will take you close to the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. It is one of the starting points for climbing the Picón de Jérez and for climbing the 3000 metres of the Sierra Nevada.

Near the village in the mountains there are many places of great beauty that are easy to reach. They include the Mirador el Peñón, the Tajo del Toril, the Tajo de los Vencejos and the Rinconá. The canal area is a recreational area just two kilometres from the village and just by the river. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the fresh air.

On Palm Sunday the town puts on a popular re-enactment of the Passion of Christ, a tradition that was established in 1888. In 1994 the re-enactment was awarded with the Mundo Teatre Award.

Argentaria was the town’s first name, which comes from the Ibero-Roman period. Later, during the Roman Empire it was changed to Argenteira, whilst during the Middle Ages it was known as Alyanteira. Over the centuries the name Lanteira has finally stuck.

It has always been thought that Lanteira was not a major town because it was set back from the main roads. However, all the archaeological remains found here disprove this theory, as do the two medieval defensive fortresses and their baths. The town was taken over by the Catholic Monarchs during the Reconquista that finally ended in 1492.

In 1568 the Moors initiated a revolt and were subsequently expelled. The town was almost entirely deserted. Years later it was repopulated with settlers from northern parts of Spain.

The town produces excellent local cheeses. In addition to these, its most popular dish is called ‘sustentos’, a stew made with potatoes, chorizo, red peppers and corn flour.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: Guadix and El Marquesado
Postcode: 18518
Distance from Granada (km): 77
Number of inhabitants: 488
People: lanteiranos
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Ermita del Santo Cristo

Lanteira

Built in the Torre Vieja, this chapel is dedicated to Jesus Christ and was built in the 16th century.

Iglesia de la Anunciación

Lanteira

This church has a single nave with two chapels on either side separated by archways. It was built by Ambrosio Villegas in the middle of the 16th century on the site of a former mosque. This church has important coffered [...]

Celebration of the Emigrant

Lanteira

The Celebration of the Emigrant that is celebrated in August is organized by the emigrants of the village who are abroad the whole year and they come back on their holidays. They are in honour of the patron of Lenteiras, [...]

Celebrations of San Marcos

Lanteira

Like in many other villages of Granada, San Marcos is taken out in procession in Lanteira. Afterwards, the distribution of rolls takes place, a meal for all the villagers to finish the day with the blessing, for the cultivations and [...]

Celebrations of the co-patron Justo Medina Olmos

Lanteira

This celebration in honour of Manuel Justo Medina Olmos, a bishop of the order of Guadix-Baza who was executed during the Civil War with a group of priests at the so called Chisme Ravine. As a prove to the popular [...]

Fair and patron celebrations of the Santísimo Cristo de las Penas

Lanteira

These celebrations, with fair format, stand out due to its eminent bull influence, with several corridas. They are complemented with lithurgical and musical events.

Fair and patron celebrations of the Santísimo Cristo de las Penas

Lanteira

These celebrations, with fair format, stand out due to its eminent bull influence, with several corridas. They are complemented with lithurgical and musical events.

Celebrations of San Marcos

Lanteira

Like in many other villages of Granada, San Marcos is taken out in procession in Lanteira. Afterwards, the distribution of rolls takes place, a meal for all the villagers to finish the day with the blessing, for the cultivations and [...]

Celebration of the Emigrant

Lanteira

The Celebration of the Emigrant that is celebrated in August is organized by the emigrants of the village who are abroad the whole year and they come back on their holidays. They are in honour of the patron of Lenteiras, [...]

Celebrations of the co-patron Justo Medina Olmos

Lanteira

This celebration in honour of Manuel Justo Medina Olmos, a bishop of the order of Guadix-Baza who was executed during the Civil War with a group of priests at the so called Chisme Ravine. As a prove to the popular [...]



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